A boy and a girl climbing across one of our historic ruins.

Days Out for Under £20

Looking for a great visit that won't break the bank? From ancient castles and monastic ruins to an Iron Age Hillfort, here are our top picks for family days out on a budget.

A boy dressed as a knight at Pevensey castle.

Pevensey Castle

East Sussex, Family ticket £18.70 (2 adults and 3 children)

Travel back in time through 16 centuries of history. As one of the last and strongest of the Roman 'Saxon Shore' forts and the landing place for William the Conqueror's army in 1066, Pevensey has many stories to tell. Kids can play among the ruins, run through the green open spaces overlooking the countryside and inspect the artefacts in the museum.

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Two boys run through the grounds of Farleigh Hungerford Castle

Farleigh Hungerford Castle

Somerset, Family ticket £15.60 (2 adults and 3 children)

Just nine miles from Bath on the border between Wiltshire and Somerset, this 14th-century castle offers a great day out for families. Hear intriguing - and occasionally gruesome - tales and see the tower where Lady Elizabeth Hungerford was imprisoned by her husband in the 1530s. Those brave enough to venture beneath the chapel into the crypt will also discover one of the best collections of human-shaped lead coffins in Britain.

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A man dressed as a monk using our VR equipment

St Augustine's Abbey

Kent, Family ticket £19.70 (2 adults and 3 children)

Get a glimpse of monastic life at St Augustine's Abbey with our exciting VR experience. Walk among the ruins, try on a monk's habit and discover what life was like here during the 1500s.The abbey, which was founded shortly after AD 597 by St Augustine, marks the rebirth of Christianity in southern England. Today it's part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site.

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Ruins of Scarborough castle

Scarborough Castle

North Yorkshire, Family ticket £18.70 (2 adults, 3 children)

With its stunning location and panoramic views over the dramatic Yorkshire coastline, see objects from Scarborough Castle's 3,000 years of history, play on the grassy headland, and enjoy tea in the Master Gunner's house. Don't forget your camera!

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A little girl raises a wooden sword at Workworth Castle

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage

Northumberland, Family ticket £19.60 (2 adults and 3 children)

Scale a mighty fortress and imagine life here more than 600 years ago. Home to the powerful Percy family, explore the castle and get a glimpse into the lavish lifestyle its former residents enjoyed. If the weather's nice, take a boat trip to the Hermitage, a fascinating religious building built out of rock. With plenty of open areas inside the castle and grounds, kids can let off steam while mum and dad relax and take in the countryside views.

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Boys looking at the view from Scarborough Castle

Old Sarum

Wiltshire, Family ticket £15.10 (2 adults and 3 children)

Climb the mighty ramparts of this Iron Age hillfort for views over the Wiltshire plains and imagine the once thriving town of Old Sarum. Stand in the footprint of Salisbury's original cathedral and conquer the royal castle which stood high on the motte. Unearth over 2,000 years of history and find out how the Romans, Normans and Saxons have all left their mark on this impressive landscape.

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A child runs through the grounds of Conisbrough Castle

Conisbrough Castle

South Yorkshire, Family ticket £16.90 (2 adults and 3 children)

Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch with stunning views of Conisbrough Castle. The 12th century building is surrounded by plenty of grassy areas, while curious adventurers can step inside the crumbling castle walls. Combine outdoor fun with inside learning and find out about the residents of this historic castle, at our visitor centre and exhibition.

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Did you know?

We also care for more than 250 free-to-enter historic sites, ranging from ancient stone circles to grand houses and halls. If you're planning a day out at one of the places listed above, find nearby free sites to visit and make even better value of your day.

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